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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 9:35 AM

Adapting to changing legal landscapes and having a sound digital compass | William Poulos

As lawyers, we bring a number of skills to the table when called on by clients. It is well known that communication skills and time management are key in that regard. It is further known that LawPRO statistics indicate that failures in the above skills can lead to claims, costs and discipline proceeding headaches. ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 11:20 AM - Last Updated: Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 3:57 PM

COVID-19 has done more to improve access to justice than decades of initiatives | Jessica Gagné

When I started practising family and child protection law in 2014 at 25 years old, I noticed that few lawyers in my practice areas kept electronic records, preferring hard copy files and off-site storage. Fax machines were an “approved” method of serving documents, but e-mail was not, unless the other side consented (and many would not, because they would then bear the cost of printing the documents for their hard copy files). ... [read more]

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 8:49 AM

The Coach: The COVID-19 law firm goes virtual | Gary Mitchell

As I wrote in the preface of my latest book, Growing a Law Practice during Covid-19: “Just a short while ago the concept of allowing lawyers and support staff to work from home seemed like a pipe dream. It could never work. The sky would fall. Nothing would get done. And then along came Covid-19 and kicked the world and the legal industry in the ass! And the sky didn’t fall. And the work got done!” ... [read more]

Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 2:38 PM

Heads will roll | Marcel Strigberger

Who stole the human heads? ... [read more]

Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 9:03 AM

Employees should read contract before accepting | Stuart Rudner

Is the Court of Appeal decision in Battiston v. Microsoft Canada Inc., 2021 ONCA 727 “worrying,” or is it a judicial reminder that employees cannot expect the courts to bail them out when they accept a contract without reading it? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 1:44 PM

How to help Ukrainian health professionals | Brooke Shekter

The unjustified and abhorrent terror on Ukraine is an attempt to wipe out the history of Ukraine. Erasing history is how history will be permitted to repeat itself. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 1:30 PM

‘Cruel ironies’ at heart of pay for articling debate | Louis Century, Claire Mumme and Ryan White

The legal profession is in the midst of a heated debate about whether law school graduates should be entitled to the minimum wage for their first year of work, known as articling. Elected benchers at the Law Society of Ontario are divided on this question and have invited the public to send their views in advance of an anticipated vote. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 10:43 AM

Work, pay in Canadian prisons, part two | David Dorson

Editor’s note: David Dorson is the pen name of someone who went through arrest, case disposition, imprisonment and parole in Ontario a few years ago.The Lawyer’s Daily has granted anonymity because he offers a unique perspective on a subject that matters deeply to many readers, and revealing the author’s identity would make re-establishment in the community after completely serving his sentence much more difficult than it already is. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022 @ 9:07 AM

Legal theory can be powerful tool for the modern lawyer | Bo Kruk

The legal community regularly debates the place of legal theory. Some practitioners eschew legal theory since they see it as nothing more than the plaything of the academy. In their view, law is about facts and evidence, not the theory behind the rules. Drawing from the work of the late Dr. Ian Kerr in “Schrödinger’s Robot: Privacy in Uncertain States” (2019) 20 Theoretical Inquiries L 123, this article will show that the interaction between legal theory and legal practice is far more fluid than some contend. ... [read more]

Monday, March 07, 2022 @ 12:28 PM

Daily pre-, post-court docket event list | James McGrath

I have recently been approached by citizens who have requested the court docket for a specific day in an Ontario Court of Justice court. They were directed to the daily list that is posted online. However, this list contains only the name, docket number and courtroom set for the case. It does not include the charges laid nor the outcome of the day’s appearance. When they requested the full docket they were told they needed a reason and curiosity was not enough. ... [read more]